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Thanksgiving recap: so much to be thankful for!

Thanksgiving was really good this year. It’s hands-down my favorite holiday because of all the cooking and delicious eating. But it also saddens me that so many animals are killed for silly traditions that don’t mean much of anything. It usually means eating a ton of fattening and sugar-laden food and throwing caution to the wind when it comes to our health. So what did I do for No-Turkey Day?

Austin and I started our morning at the gym (ugh we are so healthy and I just had to show off my vegan guns in both of these photos)! We went to Beyond Fit and had an excellent hiit workout with some awesome friends. Then I hurried home to cook mushroom gravy, sweet potato casserole, and kale salad with roasted delicata squash.

Austin and I went to his mom’s house for the holiday. His mom is seriously the best. She made all the dishes vegan and even made his favorite cream cheese ball appetizer with Tofutti. She went above and beyond (and more than anyone in my family would ever consider doing for me). We had a FEAST! Excuse the crappy phone photos. Austin was adamant about relaxing and not whipping out the camera so I had to sneak a few photos with my phone.

I decided this year not to make a main type dish, but had some cooked chickpeas and tempeh and the fridge and whipped something up that turned out amazing. It was a chickpea tempeh loaf with ground sunflower seeds and nooch on top. I wish I would have written down what I did!

And here is the final plate. All vegan and gluten-free. Cornbread stuffing, chickpea loaf, mushroom gravy, kale salad with roasted delicata squash, green beans, sweet potato casserole with maple pecan topping, and lemon-kissed Brussels.

And then we had pies from Capital City Bakery! They were SO GOOD and everyone in the family enjoyed them. It was such a lovely time hanging with Austin and his family. I felt so loved and my belly was so happy!

 Hope you had a wonderful holiday (for those of you in the US). What was the favorite dish at your holiday table?

Posted in My Blog on 11/26/2012 09:19 pm
 

4 Comments

  1. That’s awesome that your host was so accommodating! Since my partner has gone vegan, a lot of people have gone out of their way to include him in otherwise non-vegan things. Maybe it’s a sign of the times? I just have to chuckle sometimes and tease him about how pampered he is compared to me when I went vegan.

    I think the star of our table was the gluten-free and vegan apple pie with homemade cinnamon ice cream. Everyone, even the people who crinkle their noses at the mention of the word “vegan”, were chowing down.

    All of that food looks seriously delicious. That’s wonderful that you had such a great Thanksgiving!

    • Marissa that is awesome and I do think it’s a sign of the times. Your pie sounds delish! I think I will make something like that at Christmas time. Did you create the crust recipe or do you have a link to one you used?

  2. Christy, I had baked beans and your cornbread. However my cornbread did not rise and was dough-y, which

    makes me think I did not cook it long enough. Does cornbread have a different texture from one made with eggs? Did I not cook it long enough? I am a newly vegan and so far my baking has really sucked. Any advice?

    Thanks.

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